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Entries for August 2013

Take an overseas jaunt, and get a tax refund

  If you’re keen to escape the winter chills and head off to warmer climes overseas, there is a scheme available that may take some bite out of your travelling costs. The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) lets you claim a refund on the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) on goods you have bought in Australia.

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Private health insurance – tax return changes

From the 2012–13 financial year (so for your current tax return), the private health insurance rebate is being income tested against three income tier thresholds. This means if you have private health insurance, the amount of rebate you will be entitled to receive is reduced if your income is more than certain threshold income amounts (see table below). 

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Get up-to-date with the July 1 super changes

To help you keep abreast with the latest changes, we have compiled a guide to which reforms did and did not make it as of July 1, 2013 – including ones that affect self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs). 

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How a mortgage offset account works

“Mortgage offset account”, “offset home loan”, “interest offset account” or simply “offset account” — they are all interchangeable labels for the same financial product provided by banks. It is essentially a savings account that is linked to a loan account. 

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Who and what is on the ATO’s radar this year?

The ATO has small businesses, trusts, wealthy individuals and self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) firmly in its sights this year as it outlined which high-risk businesses and individuals it will focus on in its 2013-14 compliance crackdown. Below are the key scrutiny areas you should know about.

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